Some Bright Sunshiny Fun

A huge thank you to Carla at Creatin’ in the Sticks for hosting the perfect hop to provide us all with some much needed sunshine.

I’m sharing my day with a great bunch of bloggers, all of whom I have been following and admiring forever it seems.

Monday, June 22nd

Just Let Me Quilt

Vroomans Quilts

Quilt Schmilt. You are here 😉

Life in the Scrapatch

Karrin Crazy World

Just Because Quilts

Quilting Gail

This has been a year for me of challenging myself to use techniques that I have not done much of, templates and tools I have purchased but not yet used. I do like modern quilts, but am on a dedicated mission to try using traditional patterns that I have not yet tried. Occasionally I start with a traditional pattern or idea, but somehow things get tweaked. 🤔

So it was with this project. I had thought to do a Dresden Fan Quilt since I had a template for it.

Out came my yellow and orange scraps to start playing.

It was fun cutting and piecing the fan blades in both 7 1/2” and 5 1/2” lengths.

Then I veered from my original plan as I sorted out the various colours into a visually happy array and cut a semicircle for the heart of my sun.

It is coming along as I pictured it. I wanted bright vibrant fabrics; determined that this is going to be a bright happy piece.

I pin basted the attached fans on to my background which is a vibrant sky fabric with bits of clouds floating around.

Sunrises are one of my favourite things to see; a perfect start to the day.

I layered the piece with some batting and did some straight line quilting with a beautiful variegated yellow Aurifil thread to stabilize the block before adding it to the other blocks that will be used in another blog hop later this year.

My intention was to make a bright sunshiny piece to reflect how hard we are trying to see some sunlight in the crazy, dark year we have been having; Covid 19 shutdowns, financial uncertainty, riots, police brutality, pandemic sufferers numbers increasing, racial discrimination ……. the list goes on. So many people are trying so hard to learn and listen, so many stories of good deeds done and people standing up for others. There is hope and those rays of sunshine are coming through the clouds. All we can do is keep on trying.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post, make a comment and follow my blog if you’ve enjoyed what you read. 😉 Carol

Linking with For The Love of Geese Put Your Foot Down #57


Published by Carol Andrews

I have been fondling fabric and creating things with fabric and fiber for as long as I can remember. My children had homemade clothes, blankets, canning and quilts most of their lives. Now I create goodies to share! Hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoy making them! When I am not creating with fiber or fabric I keep busy with Dear Heart, kids, grandkids, great grandkids.

68 thoughts on “Some Bright Sunshiny Fun

  1. Your block is beautiful!!! I really like how you started out with the dresden fan and it morphed into a double dresden! Now, I’m super curious as to the rest of the quilt for another blog hop!!! Will be looking forward to that!
    And thanks for the reminder to air my clothes!
    Happy Quilting! 🙂

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    1. Thank you Gail. I’m so enjoying using this as the centrepiece for another quilt. It is coming along I think. 🤔. I thought since I’ve been living in pajamas whenever possible, others might be, too! 😉


  2. You definitely fulfilled your goal of showing “hope and rays of sunshine coming through the clouds.” And you did it in a beautiful way!

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  3. I really like the unique design of your Dresden! The way you quilted it really enhanced the sunshine effect, too. Thanks for some rays of sunshine this morning!

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  4. What a great way to survive the storm of emotions we have gone thru so far this year. I “LOVE” the double dresden and can’t wait to see what it becomes later this year!

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  5. What a beautiful sunrise (or sunset) quilt! I love how you symbolized hope in this impressive quilt. I have never done a Dresden pattern, but after seeing yours, I might give it a try. You brightened my day!

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  6. I’m still smiling after reading your little ditty at the end…too true for me!! Love your bright sunshiny colors – the plate is wonderful and the background perfect.

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  7. This totally brings sunshine to our world. Thank you for sharing your process and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for this beauty.

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  8. I’m so happy you’re back to sewing! I’m glad the #justsewjune hashtag helped push you to do something. The sun is perfect. Big hugs!

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  9. I love the half Dresden plate on top of the clouds. You really get the feel of the sun and hope it does shine down on all this dread we’ve had this year. Great project and it made me happy to see it today.

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  10. What a pretty Dresden sun! And that you for the reminder about clothing shrinkage; I have been wearing exercise shorts most of the time for the last 2 months, so I haven’t noticed any changes. Stay well!

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  11. Great design! I like what you’re doing with it and the two part Dresden petals, too. Very pretty! I should have seen that Meme about clothes a lot sooner. LOL

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    1. Thank you Susan. After trying on clothes from my closet when we had to go to town on a sunny day, I had to share the meme. I should have taken my summer clothes out earlier and often 😉


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